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Highways and Transit: Private Sector Sponsorship of and Investment in Major Projects Has Been Limited
GAO-04-419: Published: Mar 25, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 25, 2004.
Many in Congress, as well as many transportation experts, believe more money needs to be spent to keep up with the country's surface transportation needs. As Congress considers reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation laws, many observers believe increased private participation and investment in transportation can help meet these needs. GAO was asked to examine cases where state and...
Rail Security: Some Actions Taken to Enhance Passenger and Freight Rail Security, but Significant Challenges Remain
GAO-04-598T: Published: Mar 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Mar 23, 2004.
Passenger and freight rail services are important links in the nation's transportation system. Terrorist attacks on passenger and/or freight rail services have the potential to cause widespread injury, loss of life, and economic disruption. The recent terrorist attack in Spain illustrates that rail systems, like all modes of transportation, are targets for attacks. GAO was asked to summarize the r...
Transportation-Disadvantaged Populations: Federal Agencies Are Taking Steps to Assist States and Local Agencies in Coordinating Transportation Services
GAO-04-420R: Published: Feb 24, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 24, 2004.
In June 2003, we reported that over 60 federal programs can fund transportation services for certain "transportation-disadvantaged" populations (such as some elderly persons, persons with disabilities, or low-income persons) that lack the ability to provide their own transportation or have difficulty accessing conventional public transportation, but that several obstacles impede coordination of th...
International Trade: Intensifying Free Trade Negotiating Agenda Calls for Better Allocation of Staff and Resources
GAO-04-233: Published: Jan 12, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2004.
Free trade agreements (FTA) involve trade liberalization between the United States and selected countries or regions and are also expected to provide economic and other benefits. GAO was asked to review how potential FTA partners are selected, in view of the increased number of FTAs and their growing importance to U.S. policy. Specifically, GAO (1) provided information about the factors influencin...
Commuter Rail: Information and Guidance Could Help Facilitate Commuter and Freight Rail Access Negotiations
GAO-04-240: Published: Jan 9, 2004. Publicly Released: Jan 30, 2004.
Commuter and freight rail services have the potential to play increasingly important roles in the nation's economy and transportation system as demand for these services increases. Because the cost of building new infrastructure can be costprohibitive, commuter rail agencies typically seek to use existing infrastructure--which is primarily owned by private freight railroads. Consequently, commuter...
Transportation Security: Federal Action Needed to Enhance Security Efforts
GAO-03-1154T: Published: Sep 9, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 2003.
The economic well being of the United States is dependent on the expeditious flow of people and goods through the transportation system. The attacks on September 11, 2001, illustrate the threats to and vulnerabilities of the transportation system. Prior to September 11, the Department of Transportation (DOT) had primary responsibility for the security of the transportation system. In the wake of S...
Transportation Security: Federal Action Needed to Help Address Security Challenges
GAO-03-843: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2003.
The economic well being of the U.S. is dependent on the expeditious flow of people and goods through the transportation system. The attacks on September 11, 2001, illustrate the threats and vulnerabilities of the transportation system. Prior to September 11, the Department of Transportation (DOT) had primary responsibility for the security of the transportation system. In the wake of September 11,...
Transportation Programs: Opportunities for Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds
GAO-03-1040T: Published: Jul 22, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 2003.
It is important to ensure that longterm spending on transportation programs meets the goals of increasing mobility and improving transportation safety. In this testimony, GAO discusses what recently completed work on four transportation programs suggests about challenges and strategies for improving the oversight and use of taxpayer funds. These four programs are (1) the federal-aid highway progra...
Federal Transit Administration: Bus Rapid Transit Offers Communities a Flexible Mass Transit Option
GAO-03-729T: Published: Jun 24, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2003.
Buses form the backbone of the nation's mass transit systems. About 58 percent of all mass transit users take the bus, and even in many cities with extensive rail systems, more people ride the bus than take the train. In recent years, innovative Bus Rapid Transit systems have gained attention as an option for transit agencies to meet their mass transit needs. These systems are designed to provide...
Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Provide Clear Information and Additional Guidance on the New Starts Ratings Process
GAO-03-701: Published: Jun 23, 2003. Publicly Released: Jun 23, 2003.
Under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21 st Century (TEA-21), Congress authorized federal funding for New Starts fixed guideway transit projects--including rail and bus rapid transit projects that met certain criteria. In response to an annual mandate under TEA-21, GAO assessed the New Starts evaluation and ratings process for the fiscal year 2004 cycle, including (1) changes to the process...